CARE home residents in Northwich have been caring for ducklings as part of spring-themed activities.

The tiny ducklings hatched at Lostock Lodge Care Home in Lostock Gralam and residents have delighted in watching the them emerge from the shells take their first steps.

After six weeks at Lostock Lodge, the ducklings will go to their new homes.

Residents living with dementia particularly benefit from the experience.

"We can already see that the ducklings have great calming and therapeutic benefits," explained customer relations manager, Nina Rogers.

"We’ve been holding them and feeling how small and vulnerable they are, as well as touching their incredibly soft downy feathers.

"It’s been a great experience for people."

The care home has also been encouraging people to get involved in the spring activities by entering a wildlife photography competition.

Friends and families were invited to enter through the care home’s Facebook pages and residents enjoyed reviewing the photos.

"It’s been a long winter for our residents so we’re celebrating spring with some new activities for residents to engage with," said Steph Molden, home manager at Lostock Lodge Care Home.

"With the first day of spring this month, it’s the ideal time to feel hopeful and optimistic about the coming summer and gradual return to normal life for our residents."

There is a competitive element to the spring-themed activities for the thirty-three care and nursing homes in the Country Court group.

The care home demonstrating the most creative activities will win an extra special activity of their choice.